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The RCSI Gathering provided a powerful and exciting
opportunity for RCSI alumni and healthcare professionals
in the disciplines of medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy,
to meet face-to-face, discuss topics of shared interest,
exchange ideas, gain new knowledge, engage with peers
and further develop professional networks. Commenting
on the RCSI Gathering, Chief Executive, Professor Cathal
Kelly said: "We have a very clear strategy around how RCSI
will continue to develop and grow. Our goal is to become
a recognised leader in the provision of health sciences
education, nationally and internationally."
"This event has strengthened our international network
and our capability to provide ongoing support to our
graduates working locally and internationally. A diverse
and energising experience, the success of the RCSI
Gathering reflects RCSI's core strength, its people past,
present and future."
The opening celebration took place at The Convention
Centre, Dublin, on Thursday, September 12. Alumni and
staff of the College attended an evening of entertainment
provided by talented RCSI students and a set from one of
Ireland's most successful comedians, Dara Briain.
As part of the weekend, the RCSI Classes of 1953, 1963,
1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 2003 celebrated
special reunions. A Golden Jubilee Lunch was held for the
Classes of 1953 and 1963 on Friday, September 13, in the
boardroom at RCSI.
The International Higher Education Forum: New Horizons
for Ireland, held on Friday, September 13, at RCSI, was
a focal point of the RCSI Gathering and was attended by
a distinguished assembly of healthcare professionals in
The RCSI Gathering 2013:
A celebration of RCSI past, present and future
The second weekend in September is always notable as the occasion of the annual
alumni celebration weekend but in 2013 it was even more memorable than usual
as RCSI decided to celebrate our Alumni Weekend as part of The Gathering. There
was a phenomenal response with more than 500 alumni attending a much-expanded
weekend of activities
The Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, opening the RCSI Gathering International Higher Education Forum: New Horizons for Ireland.